These items were taken from the Sun’s editions 20, 30 and 40 years ago.

March 7, 1979

In his first bid for public office, Robert Trusdale polled the highest vote total of the eight candidates for two seats on the Parsons City Commission. He was followed by an incumbent Robert Bartelli, Larry Smith and Oliver Redmond. Those four candidates would face each other in the April 3 general election. Redmond received 336 absentee votes. He conducted an active absentee campaign, obtaining absentee ballot applications from Thelma Foster, Labette County election officer, and having the completed applications delivered to her office in Oswego. He delivered 353 completed ballots to Foster.

“Giving Parsons something different” was the idea Grover Gaiser had when he visualized a restaurant that materialized in the Snack ’n’ Shoppe, located in a new building at 2103 Corning. Gaiser, the former manager of Parsons Litwin’s Department Store, his wife, Ruth, and Jean Allen were the three owners of the restaurant that featured deli-type sandwiches, barbecued chicken dinners, potato salad and coleslaw, 35 types of cheeses and numerous varieties of teas. Others employed by the restaurant were Jeff Peterson, Gayle Wiley, Carl Yockey and Nan Standridge.

March 7, 1989

Labette County commissioners voted 2-1 against endorsing a proposal by Jim Beachner, operator of the county landfill, to temporarily dispose of refuse from Jasper County, Missouri, in the Labette County landfill. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis, Oswego, drafted a letter to Joplin officials in which commissioners expressed support of Beachner, who had operated the landfill for 13 years, but not of the proposed project. Beachner Construction Co. owned the land where the landfill was located and held the permit to operate the site. Therefore, commission consent on the matter had no relevance, the letter said.

A massive cleanup effort continued at Carden Pecan Co. east of Chetopa after part of the roof at the processing plant collapsed under the weight of the weekend’s 8-inch snowfall. Pat Carden, co-owner, said the metal roof over the gift shop fell at about 6 a.m. March 6, burying the store. No one was in the building at the time.

March 7, 1999

Oswego survived four overtimes to capture a 95-88 triumph in a girls Class 2A sub-state tournament semifinal marathon. Larry Sanders, Oswego’s 19-year head coach, said he had never seen anything like it. Oswego got standout performances at various times by Kori Newby (15 points), Keesa Stammer (26 points), Chelsa Hiben (18 points, numerous steals), Gina Russell (11 points), Tala Parsons (11 points) and Candy Taylor (10 points, key rebounds).

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